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Your gift to the CDA supports over 70 community and charitable organizations that assist individuals and families in need or in crisis. These organizations provide an open door to improve the lives of thousands of people across 4 Arizona counties (Mohave, Maricopa, Coconino and Yavapai). The CDA serves the needs of local communities beyond the boundaries of any one parish. As a result more people are served across communities as well as within parishes.
Through the CDA, your gift impacts the lives of many
- Every $27.50 provides a monthly bus
- Every $43 will feed a family of four for a week
- Every $75 provides an mother with a first look at her unborn baby
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Through the CDA, faith is nurtured and developed from birth through adulthood. Opportunities to live and grow our Catholic faith are available through our schools, parishes, religious education programs, Kino Institute as well as other opportunities offered throughout the Diocese. The CDA also supports the education and formation of seminarians, priests and deacons.
- Every $150 provides a scholarship to a Natural Family Planning course.
- Every $140 will provide the funding for a teenager to attend an Encounter Retreat
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Saint Joseph, "Husband of Mary," "Son of David";
Part II of IV: The Faithful Carpenter
from Rev. Albert Francis Hoorman on March 9, 2014
The opening genealogy of Matthew's Gospel (1:16, 1821, 24) concludes with Jesus, hailed as the Messiah. The listing traces Jesus' ancestry down to Joseph, called the "husband of Mary". Matthew carefully avoids any indication that Joseph is the "natural" father of Jesus. He has Jesus born of Mary with Joseph as the "legal" father only.
The conception of Jesus is described as a miracle brought about by the Holy Spirit. Joseph and Mary were engaged but did not "live together" (have intercourse). In Jewish law, betrothal conferred the status of husband and wife. Any child conceived during this time was regarded as legitimate. But marriage was only complete when the husband formally took the wife "into his home". Mary's pregnancy occurred during this time of espousal, not caused by Joseph but by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is to be understood as miraculous, pointing to the fact that Jesus is truly the Son of God.
Although Joseph might have denounced Mary and divorced her, he is is presented as a "just" man who did not wish to make the case public. Joseph's whole manner of dealing with the situation is to be admired. There was no complaint or condemnation of Mary. He simply determined to give her a quiet divorce which would not place blame or enter the public forum.
Through a dream, Joseph is informed of the true reason for Mary's pregnancy and told to go on with the marriage. As legal father, he is to give the child the name "Jesus". (A play on words indicates Jesus' mission: He is to be the Savior. "Jesus" means "Yahweh saves". "This salvation is to be a spiritual one, from sins.") Joseph was fully obedient to the angelic command. He took Mary as his wife, convinced that he was part of a divine plan, an instrument to guard and protect Mary and the Christ-child. He was truly a "just" man, holy and upright, desirous of cooperating with the mysterious ways of God.
This much, from the Gospel, gives us a fairly clear picture of a straightforward, honest and spiritual man, one perfectly in time with God's will and free from any attachment that would hinder him from living out God's will.
St. Gerard Circle: Annual Easter Basket Collection
through Wed, Apr 9
Place your donation in the back of the Church.
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33 Days to Morning Glory
Feb 20, 2014 to Mar 25, 2014
An extraordinary 33-day journey to Marian consecration with four giants of Marian spirituality: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Blessed Pope John Paul II. Fr. Michael Gaitley masterfully summarizes their teachings, making them easy to grasp, and simple enough to put into practice. More specifically, he weaves their thoughts into a userfriendly, do-it-yourself retreat that will bless even the busiest of people. So, if you've been thinking about entrusting yourself to Mary for the first time, or if you're simply looking to deepen and renew your devotion to her, 33 Days to Morning Glory is the right book to read and the perfect retreat to make.
In order to participate it is very simple:
- Purchase the book: 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC. This can be done through www.AllHEARTSAFIRE.org or from Amazon. We will begin on Thu, Feb 20 and finish on the Marian Feast of the Annunciation, Tue, Mar 25.
- Each week there is an assigned reading based on the teachings of St. Louis de Montfort and three other spiritual contemporaries: Blessed Mother Teresa, St. Maximillian Kolbe, and Blessed John Paul II.
- You need to RPM: READ>PONDER>MEDITATE
- Consecration to Mary will take place at the end of the 33 days.
This consecration can be done solely following this dateline, or can we can meet weekly for reflection of our readings in small group. This time allotment would be at least one hour a week.
What a great way to enter into our Lenten season! Please feel free to choose the style of retreat that you want to experience.
If interested, please call Denise Halloran at 480-893-1160 for more detailed information.
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Fridays during Lent
Mar 7, 2014 (4:30p - 6:30p)
4:30-6:00pm in the Parish Center
Donations will benefit three orphanages funded by Miles Jesu
Benediction & Stations of the Cross
6:00pm in the Church
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Annual Lenten Parish Mission
Mar 10, 2014 to Mar 13, 2014
"Sharing the Mercy of God"
presented by Fr. Thomas Sullivan, C.P.M. and Fr. Andy Cravalho
The Fathers of Mercy will be speaking at all the Masses the weekend of Mar 8/9 about this year's mission. The mission sessions will take place Mon, Mar 10 through Thu, Mar 13 with opportunities to attend either in the morning or evening.
The morning sessions will take place following the 8:15am Masses and the evening sessions will take place at 7:00pm. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available during both the morning and evening sessions. A reception will take place in the Parish Center following the evening sessions.
Baskets will be available in the vestibule throughout the week for free-will offerings. Donation envelopes will also be available for contributing during the collection at the Thursday evening Mass.
Special Blessings with Padre Pio Oil and a First Class Relic of Mother Teresa will take place during the Mission.
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4th Annual Phoenix Catholic Women's Conference
Mar 15, 2014 (8:00a - 6:00p)
at St. Paul's Church, 330 W. Coral Gables Dr., Phoenix 85023
Admission is $50.00 per person before Sat, Mar 1 and $60 after.
Admission includes continental breakfast and lunch.
Check in is 8:00am and the conference begins at 9:00am and concludes with a 4:30pm Vigil Mass with Bishop Thomas J Olmsted
Sr. Regina Marie Gorman, OCD - Vicar General Carmelite and Chair of the National Conference of Major Superiors of Women Religious
Teresa Tomeo - Author and Host of EWTN's The Catholic View for Women and Ave Maria Radio's The Catholic Connection
Becky Bowers-Greene - Blogger & Co-host of the new radio show, The Catholic Conversation on Immaculate Heart Radio 1310AM
Lani Bogart - Director of Marriage and Family Life at OLPH Glendale.
We are also accepting donations of house wares & cleaning supplies to support the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program.
SPACE IS LIMITED! Register by Fri, Mar 7. For more information call 602-471-1944 or visit www.pdccw.com for online registration.
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Ss. Patrick & Joseph Dinner and Dance
Mar 15, 2014 (6:00p - 10:00p)
in the Parish Center
Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes, Lentil Soup, Salad, Bread
Dessert, Soft Drinks/Water/Coffee/Tea
Entertainment: Music & Dancing, Auctions & Raffles, Irish Step Dancers, and Door Prizes
Single $25 / Couple $45
Ticket sales limited to 200. Advance Ticket Sales only. No Walk-ups Ticket Sales after all Masses on Mar 1/2 and Mar 8/9
2 Drink Tickets included for beer or wine with each meal ticket.
SORRY - No Reserved Seating. Seating will be on a first come first serve basis.
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St. Vincent de Paul Collection
Mar 15, 2014 to Mar 16, 2014 (10:00a - 4:00p)
Spring cleaning? Want to de-clutter? The Corpus Christi Conference of St. Vincent de Paul is sponsoring the collection of furniture, clothing and households goods for needy families in our area the weekend of Sat, Mar 15 and Sun, Mar 16 from 10:00am-4:00pm. There will be a truck in the church parking lot to accept donations. Receipts will be provided.
Lent is certainly an appropriate time to think of those less fortunate. Please try to be generous. Thank you.
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Knights of Columbus Planning Meeting
Mar 20, 2014 (7:00p)
All Knights are encouraged to attend the March Planning Meeting on Thu, Mar 20 at 7:00pm.
The Council needs your time and talent, even if you can only spare an hour or two on one of our Activities. The Planning Meeting is an ideal time for new First Degree Knights to gain an insight into the work of the Council. It is a great way to begin getting involved. It is an excellent opportunity to develop the fraternal kinship and camaraderie that is associated with Brother Knights.
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7th Annual Into the Desert for Christ Catholic Men's Conference
Mar 22, 2014 (9:00a - 6:00p)
at Xavier College Preparatory - Founders Hall
Sponsored by the Diocese of Phoenix and Catholic Men's Fellowship of Phoenix, this one-day conference will challenge Catholic men from ages 15-99 to deepen their sacrificial commitment to Jesus Christ and his Church! Speakers include Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, Fr. Larry Richards, Jason Evert, and Matt Birk, the 2012 NFL Man of the Year. Begins at 9:00am and finishes with sacrifice of Holy Mass by 6:00pm.
Cost is $56.50; save $10 per ticket by registering 10 or more men together. Info and registration at www.cmfp.org.
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St. Gerard Circle Charity Event: Packing meals for Feed My Starving Children
Mar 31, 2014 (6:00p)
We encourage all SGC Members and Parish Families to help out. Children Kindergarten age and older are welcome.
Limited Spots - Sign Up Now!
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Apr 1, 2014 (6:00p)
Healing Masses take place on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm. All parishioners are welcome to attend and are asked to bring a small amount of water, salt, and olive oil with them to be blessed during the Mass. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will also be offered.
The next Healing Mass will be Tue, Apr 1.
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SonTreasure Island - Vacation Bible School 2014
Jun 9, 2014 to Jun 13, 2014
Who wouldn't want to explore a tropical island, with its glittering turquoise waters, warm white sands and cool ocean breezes?
Visitors to SonTreasure Island are welcomed by the scent of exotic flowers, the taste of tropical fruits and the captivating sound of island music. But this is no ordinary tropical escape! There is treasure to be found here. More precious than gold, more lasting than diamonds, it is the greatest treasure of all— God's love!
At SonTreasure Island, your treasure seekers will play island games, create colorful crafts and enjoy tropical snacks. But more importantly, they will discover the rich treasure of God's love through the life of Jesus. Come and Join in the Fun!
We are looking for teachers for Pre-K (age 4) through 5th , grade; 6th grade service coordinator; snack people, and craft people.
Please call Denise Halloran at 480-893-1160 for further information. Registration will take place in early April!
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